Gluten-Free Nectarine Cake


This morning we woke up just as the sun was rising, casting its pinkish glow over the Ottawa River
and highlighting all the tops of the summer-green trees.  What a beautiful way to start the day.

For breakfast, we ate cake.

Our amazing view of the Ottawa Valley and the shimmering water made me feel exuberant. Like the first time I woke up in the Grand Hotel in Florence walked out onto the balcony looking
over the stunning Arno & the picturesque Tuscan City and felt such lively excitement.
Having that feeling again, made me want to indulge in a piece of 
nectarine cake rather than a bowl of oatmeal.
Our Little One squealed with delight!
Happy to munch on something so tasty that we made together.
“Yum-Yum, Mama”
 Yum-yum, darling.

The nice thing about this afternoon tea cake (other than the fact that you can eat it for breakfast)
is that its not sweet; it pleases with its subtle notes of cinnamon and maple and complements 
the seasonal nectarines perfectly.

I would love to hear what recipes you are making with your local fruits.
Happy Friday everyone!

Gluten-Free Nectarine Cake
Serves 8

1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup salted butter (softened)
1/2 cup organic sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp Real Maple Syrup
2 eggs
1/2 cup light sour cream
3 firm nectarines
1 Tbsp lemon juice
powder sugar for dusting 

Cake batter

Mix together flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon.  
In separate bowl, cream butter, sugar, vanilla and maple syrup.  
Whisk 2 eggs in bowl and pour into wet mixture. Then add in sour cream.  
Pour wet mixture into dry mixture, in segments. Pouring and stirring, until blended
into a spongey consistency.


Cut nectarines into medium-fine slices.  In a bowl, toss them in a bit of lemon juice
& some sugar (I only used 1 Tbsp of organic sugar, you may wish to use more for sweeter taste).
Let sit for a few minutes to absorb lemon juice.

Assemble & Bake

Preheat oven to 350F

Lightly grease and dust with flour a 24 oz french corningware dish (or deep cake dish).
Pour cake batter inside and spread with a spoon.  If the mix sticks to the spoon,
wet it with cold water.

Place nectarines in a circular design on top.

Bake with cover for 10 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 35-45 minutes.
Remove and test the center of the cake with a butter knife – make sure it comes out clean.

Dust with powdered sugar.

You can served it straight from the french corningware dish -
or remove (after 20 minutes of cooling) and place on serving plate.


Emily Smith

Emily Smith is the founder and editor of The Best of this Life. She has two littles, a darling husband, and dreams of owning a new puppy. A gluten-free connoisseur, social media maven and reigning fashionista (in her own rights). She loves writing and shares her three core values with her readers – love life, live well, share the beauty.
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15 Comments on Gluten-Free Nectarine Cake

  1. tinajo
    August 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm (3 years ago)

    As always great pics and looking awesome! :-)

  2. Eftychia
    August 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm (3 years ago)

    This delicious! I will save it in my favorite list for a future reference.

  3. Loraine
    August 13, 2011 at 7:03 pm (3 years ago)

    I will have to make this fabulous cake…and serve it for breakfast! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend! :)

  4. Emily of The Best of this Life
    August 14, 2011 at 1:47 am (3 years ago)

    ♡Thank you Tina, I had so much fun styling these photos..and eating cake!

    ♡Eftychia, so glad that you stopped by, I hope you will be a regular!
    I popped on over to your blog and wanted a piece of chocolate cake :)

    ♡Thank you Loraine, hope you have a wonderful weekend too -
    and enjoy some cake!!!

  5. koralee
    August 14, 2011 at 4:06 am (3 years ago)

    Such pretty images….and that cake looks amazing…thank you for sharing. xoxox

  6. Marie
    August 14, 2011 at 9:03 am (3 years ago)

    What a wonderful way to start the day off! That peach cake looks sooo good :)
    xx Marie

  7. Peachie
    August 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Very pretty pictures and that’s one delicious looking cake!

  8. David
    August 15, 2011 at 2:26 am (3 years ago)

    The Best of this Life captures so much light and awards it to a reader delightfully, looking into this makes me feel wonder and turns what I first may consider ordinary into superabundance. Thank you.

  9. sherri lynn
    August 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm (3 years ago)

    This looks delicious! Today I’m planning on baking with some blueberries.

  10. Anna of IHOD
    August 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Emily!
    Nectarines have been cheaper than apples here in GA so I have been looking for some good dessert ideas. I love this!
    Hope you had a great weekend!

  11. Fashion Meets Food
    August 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Now doesnt this look heavenly. I just bought a bunch of peaches so maybe i`ll have to try something like this with the peaches.


  12. Courtney
    August 16, 2011 at 1:42 am (3 years ago)

    Just saw your post through blogher.. I’ve got to try this. I’m celiac and I love finding new gluten-free recipes that are healthy and use fresh local produce. Thanks for this one!

  13. Sutapa
    August 16, 2011 at 6:18 am (3 years ago)

    Great pics …a delicious recipe and an awesome cake!


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